Durkin leads group of four Hopkins All-Americans

May 24, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed four players on the 2012 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Junior defenseman Tucker Durkin led the way for the Blue Jays as he grabbed first team honors. Durkin was joined by sophomore Rob Guida and junior John Ranagan, who both earned second team nods at midfield, and junior goalie Pierce Bassett, who rounded out JHU’s selections with an honorable mention selection.

Durkin makes the jump to the first team after grabbing second team honors last season. The unquestioned leader of the Blue Jay defense, Durkin started all 16 games on close defense this season and totaled 35 ground balls, a team-high 19 caused turnovers and one assist. He routinely drew the assignment of marking the opposition’s top attackman throughout the season and spearheaded a unit that allowed an average of just under 7.4 goals per game. Durkin has started all 47 games in his career.

Durkin is the first Johns Hopkins defenseman to earn First Team All-America honors since 2009, when Michael Evans was selected to the top team. He is also the first junior defenseman from Johns Hopkins to earn first team honors since Rob Doerr in 1998.

Guida earns his first All-America selection with his appearance on the second team. A starter in all 16 games this season and all 32 games since arriving at Homewood, Guida led all JHU midfielders and finished fourth overall on the team in scoring with 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points. His 17 goals, 11 assists and 28 points were all career highs and each of those totals led the team’s midfielders. Guida added 19 ground balls and five extra-man goals on the year and now has career totals of 29 goals and 12 assists for 41 points. His game-winning goal with two seconds remaining in overtime lifted Johns Hopkins past top-ranked Loyola.

The All-America selection is the second for Ranagan, who earned first team honors as a sophomore last season. Ranagan totaled 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points this season and now has career totals of 43 goals and 26 assists for 69 points. He finished fifth on the team in goals and points and fueled JHU’s win at top-ranked Virginia in late March when he netted the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in overtime.

Bassett rounds out JHU’s All-Americans with his selection. A starter in all 16 games this season and 39 straight games dating back to the middle of his freshman year, Bassett posted a 7.47 goals against average and a .522 save percentage this season. He is 25-7 in his last 32 starts and 28-11 in his career and moved into 10th place on JHU’s career saves list at the end of the season as he now has 355. Bassett, who earned Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore, is the first Johns Hopkins goalie to earn All-America honors in back-to-back years since Jesse Schwartzman turned the trick in 2005 and 2006.

Johns Hopkins posted a 12-4 record this season and earned the program’s 41st consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays’ current streak of 41 consecutive tournament appearances is the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAAs in any Division I Team sport.